Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

GCSE History First Teaching 2014

This updated GCSE in History is available for teaching from September 2014. We will make the first awards for this specification in summer 2016.

Studying history enables us to develop an understanding of different identities in society and appreciate social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. It allows us to make links to and draw comparisons with different periods and aspects of the past.

Studying history helps us to:

  • understand the present;
  • discover how the world has evolved;
  • understand the world around us and the society we live in;
  • develop the skills to look beyond the headlines;
  • ask questions properly; and
  • express our own opinions confidently.

Students explore the values, attitudes, perceptions and ideologies that have shaped human behaviour, endeavour and achievement.

The specification aims to provide an appropriate body of knowledge to promote understanding and develop skills.

Employees and educational establishments alike will appreciate the variety of transferable skills that studying history provides. These skills include the ability to understand and analyse issues and events to a high level of competence.